What are the most common car accidents?
Car crashes happen every day on the road. UDOT or the Utah Department of Transportation just posted a sign on the highway overpass stating that 17 lives were lost in October due to car accidents. Fortunately, most collisions will not result in a life-ending accident. Regardless, a car accident can cause significant damage to your personal vehicle and may even result in life-altering injuries. Below are the most common car accident types. It is our hope that you can keep your family safer while driving by knowing what accidents are most likely to happen. It is important to remember that if you are ever involved in one of these crashes, then you should contact a Salt Lake City personal injury attorney as soon as possible by calling (801) 590-3275.
Car accidents that are most likely to happen
This is by far one of the most common accidents that happen on the roads. These accidents happen most frequently because one of the following things happens. The first is that someone is following too closely or “tailgating” the vehicle they are following. Remember that even in slow-moving traffic you should always leave enough space between your car and the vehicle in front of you. In the other situation, someone has been distracted while they are driving and have not noticed that the car or truck they are following has stopped. You can avoid these accidents by always leaving enough space for sudden stops. If you notice that someone is following too closely you can try changing lanes when safe. Do not try and break-check or slow down to let that person know they are too close to you.
As the name may lead you to believe, these accidents happen when only one car, truck or motorcycle is involved. Teenage drivers who do not have as much experience are more likely to be involved in single-car accidents than more experienced drivers. As we all know, winters in Utah can be a dangerous time of year to be on the road. Slipping on ice and colliding into an object or going off the road can often happen. These accidents can be avoided by ensuring that you are going the appropriate speed for current driving conditions. You should also ensure that you have proper tires that will help you keep traction when roads are slippery or icy.
These accidents occur when one vehicle runs into another vehicle driving in an intersecting line of traffic. Traffic lights and 4-way stops are where most t-bone accidents occur because this is where intersecting lines of traffic cross. An example is when one car runs a red light or fails to properly yield when left-hand turning vehicles have the right of way. The best way to avoid these accidents is to simply follow all traffic protocols. Unfortunately, humans make mistakes and this is not going to happen. Whenever you reach a traffic light or stop sign take a few extra moments to ensure that you are clear to move. For example, take a moment to turn your head left and right to make sure someone is running through the intersection to beat a red light.
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